10 Books to Read Before the Movies Hit Theaters
“Oh no, I can’t watch that movie until I’ve read the book.” Sound familiar? If you love reading the original story before watching the film adaptation, be sure to add these 10 titles to your nightstand before they hit the big screen in 2017.
This movie tells the true story of the African-American women at NASA who helped America launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit during the civil rights era. The nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly was recently published in 2016, but it was optioned for movie rights just weeks after the book deal, hence the quick adaptation.
You’ll recognize: This star-studded cast is led by Taraji P. Henson (star of the FOX show Empire), Octavia Spencer (Oscar-winning actress from The Help) and Grammy-nominated singer Janelle Monáe.
When to see it: January 6, 2017
Between bullies at school and a terminally ill mother at home, 12-year-old Conor is struggling through life when a monster appears in this fantastical film. Although the story was originally a children’s book by award-winning author Patrick Ness, the movie is rated PG-13 for its “dark themes.”
You’ll recognize: If the monster sounds familiar, it's because Irishman Liam Neeson is the voice.
When to see it: January 6, 2017
This story of organized crime in the Prohibition Era is from Dennis Lehane, who also brought us Shutter Island. Known for his psychologically complex crime novels, this is the fourth novel by Lehane that has made it to the big screen. Ben Affleck made his directorial debut in 2007's Gone Baby Gone by Lehane, and he'll be returning to the director's chair for Live by Night.
You’ll recognize: Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Ben Affleck (Gone Girl) star alongside Clint Eastwood's son, Scott Eastwood (The Longest Ride).
When to see it: January 13, 2017
4. Tulip Fever
Cornelis loves his wife Sophia, but they have not yet been successful in making the child he so desparately wants. When he commissions Jan to paint a portrait of them, another passion begins to unfold. Set among the "tulip fever" of 17th-century Amsterdam, the novel's lyrical beauty by Deborah Moggach is sure to captivate on the big screen.
You’ll recognize: This is the latest starring role for Alicia Vikander in movies adapted from books, following The Light Between Oceans and The Danish Girl.
When to see it: February 24, 2017
Sam wakes up on February 12 as a popular high school student and catches a ride to school with author Lauren Oliver’s version of “The Plastics.” That night, she dies. But she gets to relive that last day again … and again ... and again. If you knew you could live your last day again, what would you change?
You’ll recognize: Zoey Deutch previously starred as a half-human/half-vampire schoolgirl in 2014’s Vampire Academy.
When to see it: March 3, 2017
During the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, the Warsaw Zoo director and his wife sheltered hundreds of people and animals. The movie is based on the 2007 nonfiction book by Diane Ackerman, which tells the true story of Jan and Antonina Żabińska.
You’ll recognize: Playing a powerful lobbyist in 2016’s Miss Sloane is only the most recent of Jessica Chastain’s long list of film credits.
When to see it: March 31, 2017
Auggie Pullman is a 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity doing his best to fit in with his classmates after being homeschooled for years. If this movie is anything like the book by R.J. Palacio, which won multiple awards and spawned a spin-off and companion book, it is sure to tug at heartstring— and tear ducts.
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You’ll recognize: Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson are household names, but you might also recognize young star Jason Tremblay from his role in last year’s Oscar-nominated Room.
When to see it: April 7, 2017
8. The Circle
In this adaptation of the satirical dystopian novel by Dave Eggers, Mae is fresh out of college and lands a coveted position at The Circle, a Google/Facebook-type tech company in Silicon Valley that knows everything about everyone—and wants to know more.
You’ll recognize: Hermione, of course! (Also starring Tom Hanks.)
When to see it: April 28, 2017
Bubble Boy meets The Fault in Our Stars in this all-the-feelings young adult novel by National Book Award finalist Nicola Yoon. Maddy is allergic to the world and has spent nearly her entire life in the confines of her house—until an attractive boy moves in next door.
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You’ll recognize: Amandla Stenberg (a.k.a. Rue from District 11 in The Hunger Games)
When to see it: May 19, 2017
10. The Dark Tower
Based on horror master Stephen King's eight-book series, The Dark Tower crosses the genres of western, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The movie features Roland, a gunslinger searching for a "dark tower" to save his dying world.
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You’ll recognize: The film pits Idris Elba as "The Gunslinger," the title character of the first book in the written series, against Matthew McConaughey, the "Man in Black."
When to see it: July 28, 2017